Teen arrested after fatal shooting of 12-year-old boy in St. Paul: Police

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in St. Paul early Saturday morning, according to police. 

The St. Paul Police Department said officers responded to a reported shooting on the 200 block of Stinson Street shortly before 5 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a 12-year-old boy with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to Regions Hospital, where he later died. 

The family identified the victim as 12-year-old Markee Jones. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will release his cause of death at a later time. 

"It’s just a messed up situation that don’t nobody family want to deal with. Nobody wants to deal with this type of hurt ever," said Caniya Fryer, a family spokesperson. "Markee Jones was a sweet, loving little boy - still a baby, still a baby, and he leaves behind his mother, cousins, sister, brother."

St. Paul police said a 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and is currently in custody at Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center. Police have not shared the circumstances that led up to the shooting but said they were interviewing possible witnesses earlier this morning. 

The Jones family tells FOX 9 the two boys are relatives, and that the shooting was "accidental."

Saturday’s shooting in St. Paul is the 22nd homicide of 2023 for the city.  

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St. Paul police on the 200 block of Stinson Street at the scene where a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed. 

From: FOX 9